Management of Fractures
The rescuer must assess other injuries also and decide which of them requires care on priority.health and fitness Updated: Sep 29, 2003 19:06 IST
The aims of First Aid here are:
To prevent further damage
To reduce pain
To make the patient feel comfortable
To get medical aid as soon as possible
Fractures often occur along with other injuries. So the rescuer must assess for other injuries and decide which of them requires care on priority. Heavy bleeding is more urgent and requires higher priority care over a fracture.
If there is no danger to life then temporary attention to the fracture is often sufficient.
Handle the patient very gently. Avoid all unnecessary movement.
Treat for shockif present.
If the broken ends of the bones show out, do not wash the wound or apply antiseptics to the end of the bone.
Do not handle the fracture unnecessarily.
Never attempt to reduce the fracture or to bring the bones to the normal position.
Stabilise and support the injured part so that no movement is possible. This stops further injury and helps to control the bleeding.
Immobilise the fracture area and the joints on both sides of the fracture site (above and below) by using bandages or by using splints wherever available. It is essential that the rescuer be familiar with the use of bandages and splints.
First Published: Sep 29, 2003 19:06 IST